Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here–it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.
I a giving Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 4.3/5 stars.
Yes I know, 4.3/5 is a pretty weird rating…why not just 4 or 4.5. Well, I thought hard about that myself and I just find that in my opinion it is too good for a 4, but not quite a 4.5, so 4.3. I have my reasons.
To start off with, I am going just give my overall opinion of the book. Carry On was a fun and quick read for me. I read it in just one 24 hour period. I am definitely putting it on my list of guilty pleasure reads, because as much as I liked it, I found Carry On to be a bit cheesy compared to other books that I usually read and don’t want to admit that I like it that much. Sort of like that one song that people don’t want others to know they like…
I mean I can see myself reading Carry On again probably in a few years once by TBR pile has died down or I’m getting paid to just read books and want to increase my profit. I liked the journey that it took me on, and I really liked most of the characters
TIME FOR THE SPECIFIC PROS AND CONS!!
With Carry On being somewhat of a Harry Potter retelling, it really didn’t feel like it was Harry Potter retelling for the most part. Well except for the beginning of the book, which almost lost me, but I’m glad I pulled through. I mean yes, throughout the novel one will be able to point out stuff that is Harry Potter like, but still very much its own.
I am a huge fan of the character development in Carry On. I mean even the most minor characters get some character development throughout the novel whether it is throughout it or towards the end like Baz’s father. I mean our main group of characters all have a whole bunch of character development they g through, that makes it feel like you have watched them grow up from children into young adults by the end of the novel (granted they are considered adult age at the start of the book).
Carry On has a fun fast paced adventure and mystery that will keep you interested until the very end. When the novel first starts, you probably won’t think this, I know I didn’t, because the beginning is a bit slow…okay snail slow, but once the novel picks up it is full steam ahead!
Slow beginning that was too much like Harry Potter for my liking.
And the con I know I will get a lot of hate about from fans of Carry On…I do not like Simon and Baz as a couple. Yes I know…Jesse, Carry On is about Simon and Baz and what becomes of them. How can you not like them? Well, I felt like the relationship was rushed and forced. Yes they have hated each other since they met and it is supposed to be cute when they get together, but for me it felt unnatural. I mean Baz had tired to kill Simon, but deep down is in love with him. I mean Baz needs to take a lesson from Elle Woods.
I mean at the end of the novel, I did like Simon and Baz as a couple, but for a majority of the time prior to then I was not fond of the idea of them. Sorry, not sorry.
So yeah, those are my pros and cons about Carry On and why I am giving it a 4.3/5. Great book, fun book, but just a bit lacking in the beginning and not a huge fan of the main couple until the end
About the Author:
Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.
When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.
She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.